ookee—from the term 烏奇, which loosely translates to “dark strange,” in Chinese Mandarin— is an #art912 exhibition of works by Savannah-based artist Duff Yong. Yong’s practice typically includes black-and-white painting on wood panels, paper, and recycled materials that have personal significance. ookee also refers to the subjects in his work, legions of amoeba-like creatures and shapes that wrap around or overtake their support. Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, video games, and street art, the artist conceives of his work as “automatic drawing(s) similar to Surrealist automatism, an expression of the unconscious mind.” This solo exhibition will feature old and new pieces, including a site-specific, immersive mural.
Get ready to step into the ookeeverse!
About the artist
Raised in Singapore, Duff Woon Kee Yong (b. 1976) received his M.F.A in Computer Art with a focus on Motion Graphics in 2001 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has been a professor of Motion Media Design at SCAD since the early 2000s and was the director of Mr. Beast Gallery, formerly located on Bull Street, between 2010-1. Yong has exhibited in Taiwan and Savannah and has collaborated with local artists on numerous street art projects.
Photo: ⓒKaleb Sweeney
ookee is part of Telfair Museums’ #art912 initiative, a platform dedicated to showcasing the work of Savannah artists.